I am a fan of the series but if you are already put off by the torture you might want to bail out because it continues throughout the series.
1. You're writing about doing something unattractive to a squirrel with a fork.
2. You just published a lavish collection of private photographs
My entry here
After a summer long break from fantasy I am back into it with David Anthony Durham's Acacia. Looking forward to this one!
I highly recommend both of these books. Circle of Reign is by Jacob Cooper. There is a SFFWORLD.COM interview with him here...